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Content Moderator Saturnia 🖤 Fly High, Angel Moose
November 2nd, 2021 10:24:55am
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Hey Y'all! Welcome to Mental Health ... Tuesday! So sorry for the delay. Yesterday was crazy for me and I didn't have the time to log in as I had planned. Ironically, today's topic is Time Management! While this isn't a mental health disorder, Time Management can play a HUGE factor into our mental health and our sanity on a day to day basis. So, today's thread is going to be about tips and tricks for time management and some free resources I found that may help you out! 

This Peer-Reviewed article on VeryWell Mind discusses how time management can assist to easy anxiety. It's a proven tool to assist with productivity, but did you know that having that set schedule can ease your anxiety symptoms as you have a set list with set actions to perform therefore calming your sense of urgency or stress. You know what task needs to get done, the deadlines for it, and the schedule for those deadlines. 
"Even more than productivity, time management impacted well-being. The study results showed that it had a 72% stronger impact on life satisfaction than job satisfaction, which is equally valuable." (https://www.verywellmind.com/time-management-may-ease-your-work-related-anxiety-5112644) . This article on Painted Brain also is a short blurb about the positive effects of time management : https://paintedbrain.org/mental-health/how-is-time-management-important-for-your-mental-health/ .

According to Psychology Today:


“Time Management is not about having all of those things done; it’s about having enough time for what matters most to you. Time management is really “personal management” and it is a skill necessary for achieving a better quality of life. By managing your time in a more efficient way, not only you will get the right things done, but you’ll also have enough time to relax, de-stress and breathe more freely.”I hope this helps! As always, my inbox is always open! This is a safe space. You are loved, you are valued, and you are important.


From Forbes - Tips and Tricks to time management : https://www.forbes.com/sites/johnrampton/2018/05/01/manipulate-time-with-these-powerful-20-time-management-tips/?sh=618231cb57ab .

I found this pretty inspiring actually. A lot of the time.. I waste time because of anxiety. I don't want to make a phone call even though that phone call will last 2 minutes tops. I hesitate to send emails because "what if they get angry?" and then once sent, they are usually fine. My Anxiety holds me back and becomes an issue in my time management scheduling.

Is it really a MHM if I don't link a TedTalk?? TW - he does talk about death in the aspect of Memento Mori. But, I know that topic can be triggering. So, proceed with caution if that is a trigger for you. https://youtu.be/WXBA4eWskrc - The Philosophy of Time Management with Brad Aeon .

StudyQuill on Youtube posted this great video about Time Managment for busy but lazy people (aka me ;P ) : https://youtu.be/QzX9SG83U8k .

Of course, there are free calendars and apps galore to help you schedule your time! I have an Outlook calendar for work, I have a physical planner for work and home life, and I have a phone calendar. You just have to find the method that works best for you! I've seen some people use a combo of calendar apps and a digital planner on their ipad (thank you tiktok for those satisfying videos!)


What are some of your time management tips? What works for you?



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Content Moderator Saturnia 🖤 Fly High, Angel Moose
November 2nd, 2021 10:25:26am
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Now.. time to get back to my to-do list ;P 

Hope this helps! Got some tips? Please share! I'm all ears! 




 

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Vexation [Біла ворона]
November 2nd, 2021 12:29:04pm
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I have pretty severe passive ADD that affects my quality of work in the office and at school. I've recently learned about body doubling for help focusing. This is where you have a partner work on something they need to work on for a set amount of time and breaks and you both do it together. For people who may not have anyone to do that with them they offer pre-records or even a public app that you webcam with people working on their own stuff. Some people live stream on Tiktok or youtube. I ususally set up a time "okay I'm going to work for 20 min straight then take a 5 min break and so and so" You can ajust the times to best suit you.


 


I love Pomodoro timers. They have apps or actual clocks on sites like Amazon.


 


 


https://www.additudemag.com/getting-stuff-done-easier-with-a-friend-body-double/




 

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vida 🌻 mustangs [semi-hiatus]
November 2nd, 2021 1:51:41pm
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Similar to Vexation, I have ADHD with my hyperactive component being internalized anxiety.  Similar to what Sat mentioned, I actually end up wasting time by stalling to make phone calls etc. due to having too much anxiety to just make the call that will last 2 seconds... the same with text messages, HP messages, etc.

Anyway, working with timers has also helped me (I bought physical timers with alarms from Amazon that are scattered in my office, and in my house).  I'm 20 minutes on, 5 minutes off - especially when I was working (currently on maternity leave).  

Note- with using the timer technique, it's important for me to NOT use a timer on my phone because that opens up a whole new tool for me to distract myself with, rather than a task at hand... so I would keep this in mind if you want to use timers to stay on task.

On days I struggle to even get anything done within my 20 minute windows, I shift my "to do list" to a "things I've done list" to list out everything that I have accomplished- even the smallest of tasks.  It helps me emotionally to be able to see that I'm making progress even when it feels like I'm not.

At work, I spend the last 30 minutes or so of every day planning out the next day to keep me on task.  I'll also take note of hotter priority items vs. the low priority items.  Although I would love to just spend my time on low priority items because of anxiety/procrastination, I try to only use my time for low priority items when I need a "brain break."




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Content Moderator Saturnia 🖤 Fly High, Angel Moose
November 3rd, 2021 11:08:15am
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Vex - I had heard about body doubling! It's an interesting technique that I may just have to put to the test. Something about seeing others working along side me just seems like it would help with my productivity especially since I work from home. 

Vida - I completely understand! Timers give me anxiety and too much rush. But, I like that they work for you! 




 

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Starlight
November 3rd, 2021 12:28:34pm
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I'm sooo bad with time I think lol, I've got a referral to get assessed for adhd so I think that is part of it. Time just seems to go by while I do absolutely nothing productive!




 

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Content Moderator Saturnia 🖤 Fly High, Angel Moose
November 3rd, 2021 2:14:28pm
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Starlight, to-do lists and trackers may be helpful for you! It helps to guide that time. 




 

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xxCHAOTIC // Coyote
November 3rd, 2021 2:22:52pm
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I have to function off of planners and notebooks. LMFAO I have a notebook for every conceivable thing at work I could possibly have to keep track of. What tasks need to be done daily in what order. What tasks need to be done weekly. A running list of when everything expires. Templates for me to write in my schedules. 


 


I've found THIS planner to be so supremely helpful for both keeping track of everything as well as mental health goals and such. Plus it's got a cute little unicorn on it. It's got sections for monthly goals, habit trackers, and a monthly wrap up reflection page... It's really nice! My therapist didn't strictly speaking recommend it but she is really fond of it now!


https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08TMG12DY/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1




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Starlight
November 3rd, 2021 3:34:24pm
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Saturnia, I've tried a few "systems" in the past and I always always always get bored of them, it's so incredibly frustrating! I also cycle through hobbies and interests and things like that and nothing ever lasts long. Hence why I stopped playing HP for a bit and my horses got taken off me lol. However I'm on a major gaming hyperfocus right now juggling all sorts of different games and my brain loves it, and it's been going strong! But I'm feeling anxious about when it will end like everything else does.




 

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amberellie 🐄
November 3rd, 2021 9:15:35pm
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This has been interesting to read everyone's comments; and I'm glad I'm not alone on some things like making a phone call or even responding to an HP message or a text message ( I will sit all day trying to figure out how to respond to a message before sending it out)  


I started using my google calender about a year ago, and it's been my life line for getting through my days or even week's.  I put everything in it, from appointments, HP related stuff, my cows cycles (LOL),   It's great to have the daily reminders, or else things will just get lost in my brain.




 

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Content Moderator Saturnia 🖤 Fly High, Angel Moose
November 4th, 2021 9:08:46am
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Chao - literally planners and to-do lists in notebooks are how I survive my outlook calendar for work LOL 

Star- oooooh, I get that! I am the same. I will hyperfixate on 1 hobby until it bores me and then I'm off to the next! 

Amberellie- you are not alone! Pushing off communication is one habit I struggle with due to anxiety. 




 

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